Who does House Speaker John A. Boehner like for 2012?
“He does a great job and he speaks English — plain talk, which the American people like,” Mr. Boehner told Matt Lauer on NBC’s “Today” show.
But Mr. Boehner quickly volunteered another governor, Mitch Daniels of Indiana, who is still flirting with the idea of making a White House run.
The speaker said Mr. Daniels is “another person with a track record of reform in his state, the kind of reforms we need in Washington, D.C.”
No mention of Tim Pawlenty, the former governor of Minnesota, or Mitt Romney, the former governor of Massachusetts, who are certain to run. And nothing about two other former governors, Mike Huckabee of Arkansas and Sarah Palin of Alaska.
Mr. Boehner did mention Donald J. Trump, the real estate mogul and reality TV star, as he noted that there were “a lot of good candidates out there.” But in response to a question about whether he might endorse Mr. Trump, he quickly demurred.
“We haven’t seen all of the candidates yet,” Mr. Boehner said. “I understand my good friend Newt Gingrich is about to announce.”